Sunday, January 27, 2013

Weekly Wrap Up

Our week was short with having Martin Luther King Jr. Day off and 3 days of delays! We tried to squeeze in as much as we could!

In Language Arts, we started working on blends, like sl and sp. That means the words we read will have 4 sounds in our words instead of just 3. We also had 5 new sight words. On Friday, we played a game in teams with flyswatters. The goal was to be the first to swat the sight word. We kept score on the Smart Board. One of the kids told another "give it your best shot!"Some of these are blurry - they move too fast!


The orange team ended up winning - their prize was a sticker! They loved this and it was a great way for them to practice our words one, two, three, four, and five. These will be our words again next week. Our letter will be g, and we will continue to practice reading blends.

In Math, we started working on length. We compared classroom items to a pencil and made a shorter and longer pile. Then, we compared 4 items and ordered them by length. We used classroom items first, then used some strips of paper.

Jenny showed us how to put the strips in order under the document camera. Next week, we will continue to work on length.

For Social Studies next week, we will begin to look at maps.

Upcoming Dates
  • Thursday, January 31: Last day to turn in Campbell's Soup Labels and Boxtops for the Snowball Fight 
  • Tuesday, February 5: 100th Day of School! Counting to 100 by 1's is one of our standards for kindergarten. We will be doing special activities this day to practice counting to 100 and to celebrate being 100 days smarter.
  • Wednesday, February 6: Early Release 1 PM 
We will be having a Valentine's Day Party as a class. More details will come home soon, but if your child wants to start thinking about a box to create for our party, go ahead!

Looking forward to a great, hopefully full week of learning!
:) Miss McPheron

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Grade Cards and Big Books

Today your child will come home with a grade card and a big book. The big book is yours to keep! The grade card envelope needs to be signed and returned tomorrow. Thanks!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Weekly Wrap Up

We have successfully completed our second nine weeks! Can you believe we are already halfway through kindergarten? Since we came back from Christmas, I have been meeting with each student to see how they're doing with our standards and expectations. Grade cards will come home on Wednesday.

This week, we finished up our Science Unit on Matter. We were looking at how matter changes states. Each student got a spoon and an ice cube, and we *very quietly* walked up and down the hallway with our ice cubes to see if they change. They were awesome and had lots of fun. I tried to get good pictures, but they didn't stand still long enough!

After our spoon trip, we came back and worked on some changing matter with a snowman. We talked about what happens to a snowman when the sun comes out, then pulled in cause and effect for an activity that is hanging in our hallway right now.

We also talked about what the molecules look like in different forms of matter. They used q-tips to paint a liquid, solid, and a gas.

One of our science standards says that we can sort by property, so we sorted solids into the materials they are made out of. We had fabric, plastic, rock, and wood.

We also talked about Martin Luther King, Jr. a little bit this week. We started by reading the book The Crayon Box That Talked. This simple poem talks about a crayon box that didn't get along and didn't like each other until a little girl took them home and made a beautiful picture. A quote from the poem says "We are a box of crayons, each one of us unique. But when we get together, the picture is complete." Each student decorated a crayon and we now have a box of crayons on our classroom door celebrating each student.
We also looked at a book called Martin's Big Words. We didn't read much of it, but we looked at the illustrations and read some of the quotes. Then I challenged the kids to think of things they want to make our world a better place. They came up with a list that included love, peace, believe, be nice, and be caring. They then made a dream cloud with 3 things they dream for.

Our school wide snow ball fight is underway! For every 10 box tops a student brings in, they get to "throw" a snowball at another class. If we have the least amount of snowballs thrown at us, we get to have a paper snowball fight in the gym. So far, I think it's pretty even - keep sending in box tops and Campbell's Soup Labels! This runs through the end of January.

This week, we will be working on blends at the beginning (sl, bl, pl, gl, fl, cl) and end (nd, st, sk, ft) of words. We have been focusing on words with just 3 sounds, but now we will have 4. Our sight words are one, two, three, four, and five. In math, we will start looking at measuring and comparing objects by length. In Social Studies, we are going to work on some mapping. We will look at a globe and flat map.

We have library on Tuesday, so please remember to send back your child's library book. Reading bags should come home on Tuesday and a homework sheet should come home on Thursday.

:) Miss McPheron